It was a busy, busy Thursday for the Cubs, and for John as well.
It sounds like Jed Hoyer and the Cubs want to stay busy this last week of spring training. John and I have both been hearing that the Cubs were still shopping for bullpen help.
Hoyer confirms that is the focus.
‘‘We’re going to spend the next week solidifying the bullpen,’’ said general manger Jed Hoyer, who would like to add a left-hander to a pen that otherwise has one. ‘‘We’re OK if we go north with the guys we have. We’re not ready to make those final decisions yet.’’
Gordon Wittenmyer reports that the Cubs recently tried to reacquire Tom Gorzelanny from Washington. Funny thing, I just watched him pitch yesterday and thought how silly it was to dump him last season due to his marginal salary.
As expected, Randy Wells is not happy about his upcoming trip to Iowa.
"Usually when this stuff happens, you've had a rough spring or you really haven't been pitching well," Wells said. "I've thrown the ball well in a variety of different roles. I'm not going to sit here and lie and be the guy who says I'm not disappointed. I am.
"It's a point in your career where you have to buckle down and you know what you want to do. Maybe it's a wake-up call to (show) it's not that easy to stay here."
Wells has been vocal in the past about his prior setbacks. He has even called himself out in the media for at times his self-proclaimed lack of focus. Now Wells says this could be a wake-up call?
Didn’t he already make similar statements a couple of years in a row now?
No one can blame Wells this time though. He pitched solidly this spring, and is for sure one of the Cubs 12 best pitchers.
Ironically, Wells getting injured last year has a lot to do with his being in Iowa now.
Hoyer didn’t want to get caught with his pants down like Jim Hendry did last April when Wells and Andrew Cashner didn’t make it past their first starts. Hoyer wanted to build up starting pitching depth, and it seems that mission has been accomplished. It has to make him feel pretty good about having Wells and Travis Wood at his disposal for now.
In another twist, one of the band aids Hendry did acquire after Wells injury was Rodrigo Lopez, and he has now effectively taken Wells spot on the roster.
Lastly, Dale Sveum’s comments on Welington Castillo did not escape my radar.
“He’s an everyday catcher,” Sveum said. “He’s going to make a lot of money and probably play in All-Star games. He just needs to go down and play every single day.”
Those comments sound like they are coming from an organization that thinks Geovany Soto could soon be expendable.